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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.667

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling peony flowers above band of petal panels. Four fish swimming around the interior cavetto and a single fish in water weeds in a roundel in the centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1600-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 106 millimetres
    • Diameter: 212 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming c. 1600Room 95 label text:

    PDF A667

    Blue-and-white bowl with flower and fish designs


    Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600-1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 173, Fig. 317 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.17, no.8 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.47, no.A667, pl.VIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.67, no.A667 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. Margaret Medley 1976 records: From the Winkworth and Russell Collections (S. D. Winkworth JM); and notes 'A similar bowl was known as the Trenchard bowl'. PDF card: Winkworth and Russell Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.667

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling peony flowers above band of petal panels. Four fish swimming around the inside cavetto and a single fish in water weeds in a roundel in the centre.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling peony flowers above band of petal panels. Four fish swimming around the inside cavetto and a single fish in water weeds in a roundel in the centre.

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